The YouTube Plane Crash

I'm sure many of you have seen the stunning plane crash on YouTube by now.  For whatever reason, someone had a camcorder inside the cockpit to document the ride of four men on board the 1940s-era Stinson aircraft.  You can see them clearing the trees on takeoff on a dirt runway in Stanley, Idaho.  But, soon afterward, the plane starts taking a downward plunge into the treetops.  The video shows the incredible sequence of events inside the cockpit of a real life plane crash.  To say the least, it is a nightmarish scenario.  It is difficult to see exactly what is happening as the plane crashes.  All four men were heading for a hiking trip.  Alas, that hiking trip is now on indefinite hiatus until they recover from their injuries.  Les Gropp, the pilot of the craft, suffered serious injuries, including a broken jaw.  Fortunately, that is the most serious injury.  All four survived.  Both members of the Gropp family, Les (father) and Tol (son) credit their survival to their religious faith.  The NTSB has taken control of the plane until they have completed their investigation into why the plane crashed.

I have to say this is one of my worst nightmares.  I have watched that video over and over again.  Yeah, I'm a glutton for punishment, I guess.  But, I had dreams of plane crashes for many years early in my youth.  I have not been on a plane in almost 40 years.  As you may surmise, I do not like to fly.  These men were extremely blessed and very fortunate to just basically walk away from this plane crash.  I guess the old saying "Any plane landing you can walk away from is a good landing" holds true here. I just don't intend to put that saying to practice if I can possibly help it.


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